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Hal Prince

 
Date Of Birth:
January 30, 1928
Date Of Death:
July 31, 2019 (91)
Birth Place:
New York, NY, USA
Bio:
Hal Prince was a theater producer and director who has made a significant contribution to Broadway musicals in America. In a career spanning more than fifty years, Prince has received ten Drama Desk Awards as Outstanding Director and 21 Tony Awards for Best Direction, Best Producer, Best Musical, ... (read complete bio)
 
Date of Birth: January 30, 1928
Date of Death: July 31, 2019 (91)

Birth Place: New York, NY, USA

Bio:
Hal Prince was a theater producer and director who has made a significant contribution to Broadway musicals in America. In a career spanning more than fifty years, Prince has received ten Drama Desk Awards as Outstanding Director and 21 Tony Awards for Best Direction, Best Producer, Best Musical, ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1953
Frank Lippencott (Understudy)

Productions

 
[Broadway, 1953]
Stage Manager

Photos

Hal Prince attends the Broadway Opening Night After Party for 'Prince of Broadway' at Photo

Hal Prince attends the Broadway Opening Night After Party for 'Prince of Broadway' at Bryant Park Grill on August 24, 2017 in New York City.

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01/01/2020
William Ivey Long and Hal Prince attending the The 2013 American Theatre Wing's Annua Photo

William Ivey Long and Hal Prince attending the The 2013 American Theatre Wing's Annual Gala honoring Harold Prince at the Plaza Hotel in New York City on September 16, 2013

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08/06/2019
Stephen Sondheim and Hal Prince attends 2017 Dramatists Guild Foundation Gala recepti Photo

Stephen Sondheim and Hal Prince attends 2017 Dramatists Guild Foundation Gala reception at Gotham Hall on November 6, 2017 in New York City.

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Date:
08/06/2019
Hal Prince attends the American Theatre Wing's annual gala at the Plaza Hotel on Mond Photo

Hal Prince attends the American Theatre Wing's annual gala at the Plaza Hotel on Monday Sept. 24, 2012 in New York.

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08/06/2019
Stephen Sondheim, John Mulaney and Hal Prince attend 2017 Dramatists Guild Foundation Photo

Stephen Sondheim, John Mulaney and Hal Prince attend 2017 Dramatists Guild Foundation Gala reception at Gotham Hall on November 6, 2017 in New York City.

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Date:
08/06/2019

 

Stage

Performances
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1953
Frank Lippencott (Understudy)

Productions

Stage Manager

Hal Prince Biography

Hal Prince was a theater producer and director who has made a significant contribution to Broadway musicals in America. In a career spanning more than fifty years, Prince has received ten Drama Desk Awards as Outstanding Director and 21 Tony Awards for Best Direction, Best Producer, Best Musical, and Lifetime Achievement. In addition, Prince was a Kennedy Center Honoree in 1994 and the recipient of the National Medal of Arts in 2000.

Prince received his education at University of Pennsylvania, where he enrolled in a liberal arts program and was actively involved in the student theater group, Penn Players. After graduating in 1948, he returned to New York and began working as an assistant stage manager to producer and director George Abbott. This experience led to co-production opportunities with Robert E. Griffith and Frederick Brisson, resulting in the first two musicals that won Tonys for Prince - The Pajama Game (1954) and Damn Yankees (1955).

After several co-productions, including the classic West Side Story in 1957, Prince began to produce his own musicals. Fiddler on the Roof (1964) enjoyed enormous success with a record-breaking run of over three thousand performances between 1964 and 1972.

Prince was also a celebrated director with hits including Cabaret (1966), Sweeney Todd (1979), Evita (1979), and The Phantom of the Opera (1988).

Besides his achievements as a producer and director, Prince is also known for bringing innovation to the theatrical arts. In collaboration with Stephen Sondheim, he was a pioneer in the development of the "concept musical," taking its departure from an idea or theme rather than from a traditional story. Their first project of this kind, Company (1970), was a solid success and paved the way for other innovative musicals.

Prince's contribution to the arts extends beyond the musical theater: he made a number of movie adaptations (Damn Yankees 1958, A Little Night Music 1977), and directed for television (Candide 1986). In addition, he served as a trustee for the New York Public Library and on the National Council of the Arts of the National Education Association.

Prince's final Broadway work was fittingly Prince of Broadway at Manhattan Theatre Club's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, co-directed with Susan Stroman, which was a revue of his most prolific work, and featured cast members playing a version of Prince. The production included fully staged hits from such celebrated musicals as West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof, Cabaret, Evita, Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, The Phantom of the Opera and more, in an unforgettable tribute to an unmatched Broadway career.




Hal Prince News

Donna McKechnie Announced as Porchlight Music Theatre 2022 ICON Award Recipient Photo Donna McKechnie Announced as Porchlight Music Theatre 2022 ICON Award Recipient
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 16, 2022

Award-winning Porchlight Music Theatre has announced this year’s recipient of the ICON Award is one of Broadway’s foremost singing and dancing leading ladies, Tony Award winner Donna McKechnie.

Tony-Winning Set Designer Beowulf Boritt Releases New Book, TRANSFORMING SPACE OVER T Photo Tony-Winning Set Designer Beowulf Boritt Releases New Book, TRANSFORMING SPACE OVER TIME
by A.A. Cristi - Aug 15, 2022

Applause Books has announced the August 2022 release of Transforming Space Over Time a new book by Tony Award-winner Beowulf Boritt.

Interview: Hershey Felder of HERSHEY FELDER: CHOPIN IN PARIS at TheatreWorks Silicon  Photo Interview: Hershey Felder of HERSHEY FELDER: CHOPIN IN PARIS at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley Makes a Much-Anticipated Return to the Bay Area
by Jim Munson - Aug 12, 2022

BroadwayWorld catches up with virtuoso pianist & actor Hershey Felder about his new show 'Hershey Felder: Chopin in Paris' running live at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley August 19 to September 11 in Mountain View, CA. This marks Felder's long-awaited return to the Bay Area, where he has developed a quite a devoted following over the years.

New York City Opera Presents MILESTONES OF AMERICAN OPERA At Wollman Rink In Central  Photo New York City Opera Presents MILESTONES OF AMERICAN OPERA At Wollman Rink In Central Park
by Team BWW - Aug 11, 2022

Enjoy an evening of great American operatic works by composers including Carlisle Floyd, Ricky Ian Gordon, Douglas Moore, Tobias Picker, Robert Ward, and Iain Bell. The concert will feature performances by extraordinary artists from the New York City Opera, including Tatev Baroyan, Lisa Chavez, Mark Delavan, Kristin Sampson, and Victor Starsky.

Elena Bennett and Fred Barton Reunite at Pangea For Two Upcoming Performances Photo Elena Bennett and Fred Barton Reunite at Pangea For Two Upcoming Performances
by Stephi Wild - Aug 9, 2022

Elena Bennett and Fred Barton reunite at Pangea on Tuesday, August 9 and Tuesday August 16, 7PM, for their first appearances since last summer. In their new show 'Swing Out Under The Moon,' they will introduce a large number of swing, Broadway, Hollywood, and novelty songs to their already formidable repertoire.

Mary Rodgers Releases Memoir 'Shy' on August 9 Photo Mary Rodgers Releases Memoir 'Shy' on August 9
by Stephi Wild - Aug 8, 2022

Mary Rodgers will release her new memoir, 'Shy: The Alarmingly Outspoken Memoirs of Mary Rodgers' on August 9. The book is available in Hardcover or Kindle edition.

Chita Rivera's Memoir Will Arrive in April 2023 Photo Chita Rivera's Memoir Will Arrive in April 2023
by Team BWW - Aug 3, 2022

As BroadwayWorld previously reported, a memoir is on the way from Broadway icon Chita Rivera via HarperOne. BroadwayWorld has just learned that the book, titled Chita: A Memoir, will be released on April 25, 2023.

Linda Lavin, Daniel K. Isaac & More to Star in the World Premiere of Roundabout's YOU Photo Linda Lavin, Daniel K. Isaac & More to Star in the World Premiere of Roundabout's YOU WILL GET SICK
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 2, 2022

Roundabout Theatre Company has announced the complete cast for the world premiere of You Will Get Sick, a new play by Noah Diaz directed by Tony Award nominee Sam Pinkleton. The cast includes Marinda Anderson, Daniel K. Isaac, Linda Lavin, Nate Miller, and Dario Ladani Sanchez all of whom are making their Roundabout Theatre Company debuts.

Full Cast Announced For THE PRINCE at Southwark Playhouse Photo Full Cast Announced For THE PRINCE at Southwark Playhouse
by Stephi Wild - Aug 1, 2022

Metal Rabbit productions has announced full casting for The Prince which will premiere at Southwark Playhouse in September 2022. This fascinating and insightful exploration of identity is delighted to have a majority trans cast.

Sally Struthers to Star in Newly-Revised, London Version of MEL BROOKS' YOUNG FRANKEN Photo Sally Struthers to Star in Newly-Revised, London Version of MEL BROOKS' YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN at La Mirada Theatre
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jul 25, 2022

La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts & McCoy Rigby Entertainment will present Sally Struthers starring as “Frau Blücher” in the Southern California premiere of Mel Brooks’ YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN. Mel Brooks’ YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN will preview on Friday, September 16 at 8 pm & Saturday, September 17 at 2 pm (with a press opening on Saturday, September 17 at 8 pm.

Hal Prince Videos

WATCH: Hannah Corneau Stars in 'Getting Closer' Music Video VideoWATCH: Hannah Corneau Stars in 'Getting Closer' Music Video
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 3, 2022

Songwriting team Will Reynolds and Eric Price, winners of the Fred Ebb Award for Musical Theatre Writing, have released of a music video for their song “Getting Closer” from their forthcoming musical Radioactive, performed by Hannah Corneau (Wicked).

VIDEO: Rita Moreno Appears On The Latinx House With Gloria & Emilio Estefan VideoVIDEO: Rita Moreno Appears On The Latinx House With Gloria & Emilio Estefan
by Stage Tube - Feb 2, 2021

With a storied career across stage and screen, Rita Moreno has received accolades ranging from the Presidential Medal of Freedom to the EGOT. And it is also her activism that makes her our icon ‒ on sexism, racism, and the most important social issues of our time.

BWW TV: Beth Leavel Salutes First White House Rescue Dog, Major Biden, With A Song VideoBWW TV: Beth Leavel Salutes First White House Rescue Dog, Major Biden, With A Song
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jan 12, 2021

Tony Award-winning actor Beth Leavel has teamed up with PETA to salute Major with an original show tune all about adoption and how to play safely with a rescued dog. President-Elect Biden famously had to wear a walking boot after tripping over Major.

VIDEO: Glenn Close Talks Creating Characters in Quarantine on THE LATE SHOW WITH STEP VideoVIDEO: Glenn Close Talks Creating Characters in Quarantine on THE LATE SHOW WITH STEPHEN COLBERT
by Stage Tube - Nov 24, 2020

Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress Glenn Close has kept herself laughing during quarantine by dressing up as different characters, including a homegrown take on the villain Cruella de Vil. You can see Glenn Close in 'Hillbilly Elegy' on Netflix.

VIDEO: Jason Alexander Talks MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG on LATE NIGHT VideoVIDEO: Jason Alexander Talks MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG on LATE NIGHT
by Stage Tube - Oct 21, 2020

Jason Alexander chats about his new film Faith Based, reveals the passionate reactions he received for his role in Pretty Woman and discusses his experience working with Stephen Sondheim in Merrily We Roll Along.

BWW Exclusive: Leading Ladies with Special Guest Janelle Robinson VideoBWW Exclusive: Leading Ladies with Special Guest Janelle Robinson
by BroadwayWorld TV - Oct 7, 2020

Today on Leading Ladies is special guest: Broadway veteran, Janelle Robinson. For the past ten years, Janelle Anne Robinson has enjoyed an ongoing professional career on the operatic and musical theater stage. She has performed in France and Japan, and also toured extensively within the United States. Janelle has also been honored with several awards, including The Richard Tucker Study Grant and the MacAllister Award. 

VIDEO: Patrick Dunn Performs LES MISERABLES Parody 'Stay At Home' VideoVIDEO: Patrick Dunn Performs LES MISERABLES Parody 'Stay At Home'
by Stage Tube - Apr 12, 2020

Patrick Dunn, the current Jean Valjean of the Les Misérables North American Tour, has shared his pandemic parody of 'Bring Him Home' lovingly changed to 'Stay at Home'. 

BWW Exclusive: Watch Linda Lavin Sing from LOVE NOTES! VideoBWW Exclusive: Watch Linda Lavin Sing from LOVE NOTES!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Mar 29, 2020

Club44 Records just released Love Notes, the new album from LINDA LAVIN a?" the Tony Award and Golden Globe winning and Emmy Award nominated stage and screen legend. Love Notes, an elegant and swinging mix of timeless standards, jazz classics and gems of the pop/rock era, is available from iTunes, Amazon, in stores and all streaming platforms.

VIDEO: Linda Lavin Joins Billy Stritch for a Casual Living Room Concert! VideoVIDEO: Linda Lavin Joins Billy Stritch for a Casual Living Room Concert!
by Stage Tube - Mar 18, 2020

As BroadwayWorld previously reported, Linda Lavin and Billy Stritch joined forces earlier today to present a special online concert via Facebook Live today, featuring showtunes, standards and more! Watch the full concert event below!

VIDEO: Get a Guided Tour of the Hal Prince Exhibit at the NY Public Library for the P VideoVIDEO: Get a Guided Tour of the Hal Prince Exhibit at the NY Public Library for the Performing Arts with Curator Doug Reside!
by Stage Tube - Mar 16, 2020

In the free exhibition In The Company of Harold Prince: Broadway Producer, Director, Collaborator, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts explores Prince's creative trajectory, and showcase the team of designers, stage managers, press agents, composers, and writers he assembled to create so many history-making shows. The exhibit was set to be on display through March 31, 2020, but while the museum is closed to the public due to COVID-19 precautions, curator Doug Reside revealed that the future of the exhibit is undecided. He wants to make sure that the incredible collection is seen, however, so he's giving a guided tour of the full experience below!


Hal Prince Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Hal Prince been in?
Hal Prince has appeared on Broadway in 1 shows.

How many West End shows has Hal Prince been in?
Hal Prince has not appeared in the West End